Western Digital (WD) have been making hard disks since 1970 and have launched eight models of My Passport drives till date: My Passport (for MAC and Windows), My Passport Pro, My Passport SSD, My Passport Ultra, My Passport Ultra Metal Edition, My Passport X, My Passport Wireless and My Passport Wireless pro. You can visit their website www.wdc.com for more details around their product categories.
In this post I will review WD’s My Passport 1 TB Wired External Hard Disk Drive. As we are on the topic of Hard Disks, here’s a fun fact! Do you know why it’s called a ‘Hard’ drive? Its because of the hard rigid magnetic platter that’s part of the drive, where the data gets stored.
“The WD My Passport is a compact and spacious external hard disk that lets you store your digital files securely. Featuring USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this 1 TB wired hard drive allows you to access and save files at a good speed. With the Auto Backup feature and the WD Backup software, the WD My Passport automatically backs up your laptop’s or computer’s important files to keep them safe in case of a system crash. All you need to do is set the backup schedule and it will do the rest on its own. The WD Security software keeps your private data safe from unauthorized access.”
I will quickly describe the specs of this product and then we can move on to the actual user experience.
System Requirements: Formatted for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Requires Reformatting for Other Operating Systems (Mac OS X)
Wired|Wireless: Wired (no external power required)
Data Transfer Rate: USB 2.0: 60 MB/s, USB 3.0: 625 MB/s (claimed)
Shock Resistant: Yes (That doesn’t mean you play table tennis with it!)
Password Protection: Yes
Warranty Summary (India): 2 Years + Additional 1 Year Extended Warranty (Only Manufacturing Defects covered)
I have been using this hard disk for a month now and I am pretty much happy with it, I mean to think it’s just a hard disk, right? You connect and transfer your data and that’s it, that’s the only job it does. BUT there are certain characteristics that might make this overall process of storing/transferring data a bit elegant and pleasant. Here, I have weighed ‘My Passport’ to certain factors to reveal its true colors (as a matter of fact it comes in six colors!):
Data Transfer speed: My laptop is configured with i3 (3rd Generation), Windows 10, AMD Radeon 2 GB external graphics card and 4GB of Random Access Memory. While transferring data using USB 2.0, it transferred with 23.2 MB/s speed and using USB 3.0, 85 MB/s. You can clearly see it’s way below their claimed speed (when using a regular average configured laptop).
Actual storage available: 931 GB
Colors and its use: My ‘My Passport’ is Red in color and to think it really makes the environment cheerful and breaks the monotonousness. Also, you can collect different colors (Red, Blue, Yellow, White, Black and Orange) and categorize your data and color code them! Not a bad idea, hmm?
Features: The 1TB My Passport also shares the same automatic backup, drive utility, and security software as the 4TB version, including 256-bit AES encryption and password protection. It’s formatted for NTFS out of the box, and is compatible with any PC running Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7. Western Digital does offer a Mac-compatible version, but reformatting this drive is another option. That’s about it, however. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but features like cloud storage can be helpful as they allow you to access your files even if you don’t have your hard drive with you. The Seagate Backup Plus, for example, comes with 200 GB of free Microsoft OneDrive storage for two years.
Design: Well its not the bulkiest in the market but not the slimmest either. It has a brick form factor but is not so heavy (170 Grams) to hold. The half glossy, half matte finish design looks pleasing to eye and the icing on the cake is the coloured USB cable!
Price: 4000 Rupees (59 Dollars or 47 Pounds)
Cover: Now here’s one of the most important take away from this article. ALWAYS put your hard disk in a case. All kinds of cases are available online and doesn’t hurt your pockets either. I bought a cover for 217 Rupees only and it protects my hard disk from external shocks and magnetic fields that might tamper the magnetic disk that holds your precious priceless data.
If you’re a bargain hunter looking for some extra storage, then the 1TB Western Digital My Passport should be on your radar. It comes in multiple colors, and includes essential features like automatic backup, 256-bit AES encryption, and password protection. You won’t find fancier tech like near-field communication support and cloud storage but if you prefer a no-frills product, this should be a good deal for you.